The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is moving forward with plans to launch a new 5-star rating system on its Medicare Hospital Compare web site. The new rating system gives a single star-rating from 1 (worst) to 5 (best). According to CMS: “The Star Rating, which was developed through a public and transparent
Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) are a big deal in US healthcare: They cost U.S. hospitals as much as $45 Billion per year. On any given day, approximately one in 25 U S patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of their hospital care In 2011, there were an estimated 722,000 HAIs in U.S.
Medicaid is a big part of our national healthcare expenditure. It accounts for 25% of the average state budget and nearly 10% of the federal budget. Caring for the 72 million+ Medicaid enrolled beneficiaries is challenging. Many live in unhealthy environments and face significant obstacles to maintaining their health and obtaining necessary medical care. On top of that, providers are paid